The Shielding Category

Given there is now some clear data of risk indicator's in the mortality rates aside from age groups. The shielded category should be expanded to include, obesity, diabetics, sufferers of hypertension and asmatha and people with heart conditions regardless of age. When the public start returning to work people with these health problems should be advised to refrain from work or work from home where possible and they should receive financial assistance via universal credit if working from home is not an option. It may even be more sensible to include all that are entitled to a flu vaccination. Far too many lives have been lost already because the Government was slow to respond. The lockdown should have been implemented sooner, and was probably delayed due to lack of tests, ppe, ventilator's and adequate hospital beds and healthcare staff numbers. The pandemic is not the Government's fault but the lack of preparedness is actually shocking given we could all see what was happening in Italy, the late lockdown was a massive mistake, if it was based on the science, the science was lacking in common sense. Moving into the next phase coming out of lockdown you have a duty to offer further protection to the people I have mentioned above to lessen the likelihood of them becoming another statistic. Pass this on to Boris.

Why the contribution is important

To take every necessary precaution to lessen further loss of lives. It is a moral obligation the Government should act on given they now have clear mortality indicator data.

by Shielder on May 06, 2020 at 01:59AM

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  • Posted by AnnetteK May 06, 2020 at 09:36

    My Dad is on the Shielding list. What if we never get a vaccine for this virus? My parents could be trapped at home like prisoners for years. How depressing is that?! :(
  • Posted by Shielder May 06, 2020 at 19:09

    Totally understand and empathise with your concerns. I'm in the same boat as your Dad. I'm thinking I would only be able to see a selected group of family at a safe distance. I've got a child and feel more guilty about how my situation will impact on her, I can't have all her friends coming and going and worry about how we adapt when schools go back. I don't want my situation to impact on her life, that wouldn't be fair, so we're going to have to adapt to living a completely different way which scares me as I don't know how practical that will be. I'm just concerned that there now seems to be clear indicators of other very vulnerable groups which is shown in the mortality data, and I feel they need to have the offer (they may not want it) of more protection for the time being.
  • Posted by GillHain May 07, 2020 at 22:16

    We shielded people need to have our lives back - the quality of life argument, let alone mental health aspects need to be taken account of.
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